Book review: A tale of guns, murder and a blast in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar

  • Khushboo Shukla, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 01, 2016 18:41 IST
Author Karan Mahajan’s book is a spine chilling account of Lajpat Nagar’s bomb blasts.

Just the mention of the word terrorism can leave anyone disturbed. Imagine how terrible would be the aftermath of a terror attack? With his latest book author Karan Mahajan takes the reader to the other end of the disaster.

A fictional account of the bomb blast that took place in South Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar Market in 1996, this narrative is acute and spine-chilling. The book holds masterful insights of the barbaric and inhuman aspects of the society. The consequences of the incident are such that they left many broken, personally and socially. The same is recorded by the author.

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The characters appear to be real and are shown through the prism of fiction. Though experiencing the scene on different levels, all lie on the same scorched ground forever, dead or alive.

Also visible is a mixture of emotional and logical capabilities of human beings as bombers, victims, survivors and bystanders, when an unexpected tragedy befalls. This book gives a wide spectrum to the story through a well-knit plot with painfully beautiful and heartbreaking storytelling. What adds up to the reading experience is the depiction of fiction with elements of reality.

Title: The Association of Small Bombs
Author: Karan Mahajan
Publisher: Harper Collins India
Price: Rs 499

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